Open data platform launched with Smallholder Financial Solutions dataset

Published on

May 30, 2016

I'm excited to let our users know that we have now publicly launched our open data portal.  The inaugural dataset, Smallholder Financial Solutions (beta version) provides details of nearly 800 existing financial solutions (including provider and partners, products and business model) targeting smallholder farmers in developing countries worldwide.

We described this dataset in a previous post.  As we noted then, this version combines data from two previous ISF databases with additional solutions gathered in a global desktop scan of specific instances of financial solutions for smallholders captured in websites, reports, case studies, evaluations etc.   Since that time, we've added more granular data on Kenya and Tanzania, thanks to research conducted by Mercy Corps Agrifin Accelerate Program and some implementers of USAID's Feed the Future programs have added data on providers and solutions they are working with.

The resulting dataset enables user discovery of the offering of smallholder finance today by geography, business model, and many other categories.  However, we know that we haven't captured everything that's out there, and there is a great variance in the framing and level of detail for what we have captured.  (As a result, analysis of this data should be done with caution, e.g. grouping data before assessing what share of solutions involves a certain feature).  

That's why we've made this database a moderated wiki, for any user to be able to add, edit or flag records for improvement.  Collectively, we can make this database the most comprehensive record of smallholder financial solutions available publicly. 

Click here to start exploring.

About the Author(s)

Jason Wendle
Director at Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab

Jason Wendle is the Director of the Learning Lab, tasked with establishing the Lab and setting it on a course to produce actionable and collaborative learning that leads to real impact for clients. He helped design the Learning Lab as an Associate Partner in Dalberg's Nairobi office, before transitioning to GDI in Washington, DC to direct the initiative. With Dalberg, Jason provided strategy advice to a range of public, private and third-sector clients in areas that included agricultural development, access to finance, and the intersection of the two.  Jason holds an MPA/ID from Harvard's Kennedy School.  He has published and presented on smallholder finance, SME banking, and impact measurement.